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Pasta with Chickpea-Tomato Sauce

A protein-rich, homemade tomato sauce tossed with pasta shells makes for a quick and easy dinner.

  • Servings: 4
Pasta with Chickpea-Tomato Sauce

Source: Mad Hungry, March 2011


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
  • Fresh black pepper, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • Coarse salt
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 sprig fresh basil, plus torn leaves for garnish
  • 12 ounces medium pasta shells
  • Grated Parmesan, for serving


  1. In a medium saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic, red-pepper flakes, and fresh black pepper and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds (do not brown). Add chickpeas, season with salt, and cook 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and broth; bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until sauce has reduced slightly, 20 minutes. Add basil and cook 5 minutes more. Remove basil.

  2. While sauce is cooking, cook pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain pasta and return to pot.

  3. Add sauce to pasta and toss. Garnish with olive oil and fresh grated Parmesan.

Reviews (3)

  • Kelcook 26 Sep, 2012

    Making this now as I just watched the show. However, I've decided to mix it up and combine some of Lucinda's black bean and rice recipe so..hv no onion but hv frsh green ppr.Once I saute garlic n pprs in the olv oil,gna add the flour to thicken it,then the crushed tomatoes pureed w/some cumin as well as the red ppr flakes. I think I am going to add some saute' spinach as well. Can't wait to taste the end result. Love how she inspires me!

  • dbking 11 Nov, 2011

    This was really good and really easy, but I thought it might be missing something--and it was. Made last night amd just re-read today, and, duh--forgot to put in the basil sprig. So what was really good, would probably be excellent. I have leftovers, so gonna try and figure out how to get the basil flavor incorporated. Love chickpeas and great with the pasta. Don't forget the basil!!

  • autumnharvest 24 Oct, 2011

    This is an excellent recipe! I make it at least once a week and even my kids love it! So much flavor for so few ingredients.

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